Letters from Antioch: Meeting Cato the Paralytic and more debates with Whit

In Tahoe Pines, there was a young boy in his very early teens by the name of Cato Tonics. He looked like he had led a very hard life. The boy wore a long shirt to hide the cigarette burns on his skin, as well as the many stripes planted by leather. He was always friendly and had many friends at school that waited for him outside the barbed wire fence.

His father, as always, gave him orders. Cato Tonikus tried to perform tasks, such as taking out the trash, in a way that might get them done faster. When his father found this out, he complained bitterly, “I didn’t ask you to think about how to do this job, I just told you to do it. You are scatter-brained.”

Sunset at Lake Tahoe

After the son departed from the sky and the moon took its place Salvador told those who were around him, “Morality for the folks in all too many churches in America was pushing the values of the middle class life style, which they call family values. That is getting up in the morning, going to school and work, coming home and doing the middle class projects.”

Salvador bitterly complained, “None of these projects included the contemplation of his Pop. It also did not include their relationship, with the Mighty Judge. It did not encompass where their lives fit into the grander world picture.”

Salvador continued with his venting, “Therefore, when these people talk about morality, there is no talk about a grander morality. There is no talk about a morality reaching out to those in need. There is only self-centered morality that talks about the suffering of the husband, wife, or children, who our society burdens with their roles in the nuclear family.”

Salvador discussed, “Nation,’ and ‘Nativity’ have the same root, There is no talk of the extended family, which reaches out and becomes a nation. They do not talk about a morality that includes the nation and the world. When these people do talk religion, there is much talk of righteousness, sanctification, the sacred, and being holy, but these people do not have a clue what these words mean.”

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. The Paralytic meets Saul, St. Paul

In St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Incline Village, there was a man, Whit Gottconfer, who was very angry about what he just heard. He was studying under the great Bishop Kerry-Air and was having a hard time with his studies. There was so much to learn about that fancy concept, exegesis. He recounted the concepts he needed to know for his next exam.

Whit Gottconfer saw Mac Peace and Dobbs Bell and related to them, “I spent a lot of time learning this stuff and I resent what your teacher is saying.”

Mac Peace pointed out, “This stuff? You say it well. It is so much stuff. The idea for learning, ‘all this stuff’ is to be able to make the very real characters and the very real events of Torah and Gospel come alive. After you are done with, with ‘all this stuff’ it is very dead and lifeless. The original writers of Torah and Gospel did not even know about a good chunk of ‘all this stuff’ such as chiasmus and form criticism. You need to find out what they knew and not just teach it.”

Dobb Bell also related, “The problem with you grammarians is that what you write presents the Gospel as literarily correct, but spiritually lifeless.”

Salvador commented, “Mitakaye ayasin, all are my relatives, come on boys, let’s go.”


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